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    Endgame Theory [Contains Book Spoilers]

    Long time lurker but first time poster, so apologies if something similar has already been posted or if I am posting this in the wrong spot. Dany’s betrayal for blood is when Jon has to kill her, his eventual loving wife, to forge Lightbringer to defeat the Night King, which actually turns out to be Bran – this is essentially the books'/series’ endgame. Bran is the Night King, Jon is Azor Ahai, and Dany is Nissa Nissa. And the Song of Ice and Fire is essentially a retelling of the story of the Long Night and one of the many iterations of the cyclical story of Ragnarok that plays out over and over again, explaining the cyclical nature of the climate and seasons of Westeros. Support for individual pieces of this theory are below. All the individual theory elements were put together by other, much more clever posters than myself, but it occurred to me that they are especially compelling when strung together. Links in the explanations below if you care to read more. See https://www.reddit.com/r/gottheories/comments/6hq2ws/the_identity_of_the_night_king_based_on_tv/#bottom-comments for a very nice theory on Bran being the Night King. Additional support for Bran being the Night King comes from Old Nan’s stories which were not mentioned in the aforementioned theory because the OP was not a book reader. The textual support for Bran being the Night King hits it right on the nose, literally. From the books: “After his fall, when it was found he had been sacrificing to the Others, all records of Night’s King had been destroyed, his very name forbidden. “Some say he was a Bolton,” Old Nan would always end. “Some say a Magnar out of Skagos, some say Umber, Flint, or Norrey. Some would have you think he was a Woodfoot, from them who ruled Bear island before the ironmen came. He never was. He was a Stark, the brother of the man who brought him down.” She always pinched Bran on the nose then, he would never forget it. “He was a Stark of Winterfell, and who can say? Mayhaps his name was Brandon. Mayhaps he slept in this very bed in this very room.” And of course, it follows that Night King Bran is brought down by his brother in the end, who is Jon. Jon is Azor Ahai/the Prince that was Promised (see https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/07/game-of-thrones-season-7-trailer-melisandre-daenerys-azor-ahai-jon-snow-chosen-one for a discussion of this). Also, in S7E3, Melissandre says to Dany “I believe you have a role to play as does another” when speaking about the PtwP, which insinuates that Dany is important but perhaps not the actual PtwP. Moreover, in the books, when Mel looks in the flames for Azor Ahai she sees only “Snow” – note how odd it is that Snow is capitalized here, particularly if the PtwP is actually Dany, which seems to be the only other plausible alternative. We now have evidence from the show that Bran is a time traveler and some suggestions that our Bran Stark is all the Bran Starks that have ever been, including Bran the Builder. See https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/05/the-game-of-thrones-theory-to-end-all-game-of-thro.html for a discussion of this theory. And some textual support from the books from Old Nan: "My stories?," she responds. "No, my little lord, not mine. The stories are, before me and after me, before you too." This, if true, is especially key because it really gets at the cyclical nature of the story being told here. Bran has willed the events of the past to happen, and is partially responsible for the cyclical nature of these events. He is essentially waiting for Jon to kill him, as he has inadvertently become the Night King by meddling in the past to try to stop the Night King, as he has interfered many times in the past as other Brandon Starks. As the old adage in BSG goes, “what has happened before will happen again.” The story of the Long Night – similar to the long winter, Fimbulvetr, in Ragnarok, the original song of ice and fire - is happening once again and only Azor Ahai (Jon) can end it. As Dorian the Historian explains in a glorious theory (http://gameofthronesandnorsemythology.blogspot.com/2013/05/ragnarok-song-of-ice-fire.html) Bran is Fenrir (the bound wolf), Dany is Jorumgandr (the world serpent), and Jon is Surtr (the one who wields a flaming sword) – all giants of the story who battle the gods. This also got me thinking about the striking similarity in the word Jorumgandr and the “Horn of Joramun” that is said to “wake giants from the earth”. I imagine there has to be something to that, but I’m not exactly sure what it may be and would love to hear some of your theories.